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Cactus Leshy

These little plants are known for their nettlesome attitude. Their personalities mirror the spines that sprout from all over their bodies, making them cantankerous and slightly prickly, though they are unswervingly loyal to those who earn their trust. At home in dry and arid landscapes, cactus leshys store water inside their bodies in order to survive these harsh conditions.

Cactus leshys come in all different shapes and colors: tall and thin, with beautiful, vibrantly colored blooms on their heads; squat and rotund, with rows and rows of orderly spines; or seemingly haphazard, with flat segments stacked end to end as if they were balancing on one another.

Recall Knowledge - Plant (Nature): DC 16

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Cactus LeshyCreature 2

NSmallLeshyPlant
Source Bestiary 3 pg. 160
Perception +9; low-light vision
Languages Common, Druidic, Sylvan; speak with plants (succulents only)
Skills Nature +7, Stealth +6, Survival +7
Str +3, Dex +2, Con +4, Int -1, Wis +3, Cha +0
Little Oasis If a cactus leshy is willing, a creature can harvest enough water from the leshy's inner cavity to fill a single waterskin without harming them. Doing so again before the leshy can replenish the water causes the leshy to immediately suffer from dehydration.
AC 18; Fort +10, Ref +6, Will +7
HP 30
Spiny Body A cactus leshy is covered in spines. A creature that Grabs the cactus leshy takes 1d8+3 piercing damage.
Verdant Burst When a cactus leshy dies, a burst of primal energy explodes from its body, restoring 2d8 Hit Points to each plant creature in a 30-foot emanation. This area fills with cacti, becoming difficult terrain. If the terrain is not a viable environment for the cacti, they wither after 24 hours.
Speed 25 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action spine +11 [+6/+1], Damage 1d8+3 piercingRanged Single ActionSingle Action spine +11 [+6/+1] (range increment 30 feet), Damage 1d8+3 piercingPrimal Innate Spells DC 18; 4th speak with plants
Change Shape Single ActionSingle Action (concentrate, polymorph, primal, transmutation) The cactus leshy transforms into a Small cactus. This ability otherwise uses the effects of tree shape.Prickly Burst Two ActionsTwo Actions Frequency once per day; Effect The cactus leshy shoots their spines in every direction. All creatures in a 10-foot emanation take 3d6 piercing damage (DC 18 basic Reflex save).

Sidebar - Additional Lore Water Storage

Due to their internal cavities, cactus leshys can give water to surrounding creatures in times of need. They can give up to half of their water reserves without perishing. They might choose to sacrifice their water to help nearby plants that are parched or to save a comrade who is dying of thirst. Extracting water from a cactus leshy is not an exact science, so one must take care not to let the water slosh out of the leshy, lest it die from dehydration.

All Monsters in "Leshy"

NameLevel
Cactus Leshy2
Flytrap Leshy4
Fungus Leshy2
Gourd Leshy1
Leaf Leshy0
Seaweed Leshy3
Sunflower Leshy1
Vine Leshy0

Leshy

Source Bestiary pg. 218
Leshys are intelligent plant creatures that guard areas of primeval wilderness or earthly power. Originally created by powerful fey, they manifest when a skilled practitioner of primal magic—typically a druid—combines a nature spirit with a body carefully grown from local vegetation. The rites and materials required to create a leshy vary depending on the type of leshy. They are typically given life in an area of great natural significance, such as an arboreal’s grove, a druidic circle, a fairy ring, or a great natural wonder.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Associated Monsters

Because of their relative frailty, leaf leshys frequently act as liaisons and call upon more powerful forest guardians when their domains are threatened. Nymphs, sprites, and other goodly fey may respond to the call of a leaf leshy, as do arboreals and other plant creatures.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Dead Leshy

When a leshy dies, its body explodes in a wave of vegetation as its spirit returns to the natural world. Though leshy spirits that are called into new bodies after death typically keep only vague recollections of their pasts, they retain many of the values and habits of their former life.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Leshy Communities

Leshys are fairly egalitarian when interacting with their own kind. Most communities are meritocracies, rewarding leshys who defend their communities and help each other succeed, and they see working together as the best path to a successful future.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Leshy Heroes

Occasionally, a leshy proves so valuable to their community that they're uplifted as a hero. These admired leshys are not all warriors; outstanding artisans, caretakers, or diplomats might also be lauded as heroes.